In the 1950s, Rand felt that her ideal of unfettered capitalism was missing in politics. But today, her ideas are alive and well-represented in the U.S. Capitol. Her philosophy has sunk so deeply into our political thought, many people don't even recognize it as hers anymore.
The recent film adaptation of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged is exposing a whole new generation to Rand's philosophies, but another way to appreciate the book is to visit the city she wrote it in. The Ayn Rand Walking Tour of New York reveals the real-life inspirations for Rand's fictional sites.